Sunday, May 2, 2010

Headboard Turned Bench


I have been wanting to make a bench using a headboard and footboard for a loooong time.  It was just a matter of finding an inexpensive set that I liked.  I picked up these two pieces at a thriftshop for $10 for both pieces.  I love the simpleness of the design.  There were no side rails with them.  I used scrapwood (tables leaves from an old broken table) we had in the garage to finish it off. My husband helped me put in a few long screws I couldn't get to go in but other than that I did all the cutting, putting together and painting.



Remember the box of furniture legs I got at a yard sale last summer for $1.  I used two of these to make the sides higher.  I thought about using fancier legs but these plain boxy ones match better.
 



After caulking I sprayed a coat of Kilz primer on it yesterday.  I'm still not sure what color I'm going to paint it but I love it already.

Total cost of bench: $10

Edited 5-7-10 to add this pillow
I really wanted to make a cushion for the bench but foam is so expensive. Tonight I had an idea pop into my head. I started with this table runner that I picked up at a yard sale last summer for $1. Someone made it with coordinating fabrics so it is reversible.


It was about a foot longer than the bench so I cut the extra length off and sewed the ruffle back on. A lady from church had given me about 15 yards of quilt batting that she had used as "snow" at her daughter's wedding reception. So I took some, rolled it up, turned my pillowcase inside out and rolled it onto the batting.


Instead of a cushion I have this great reversible pillow that cost me $1!!! The bench with the pillow cost me a grand total of $11 and a few hours work!





I have this beautiful old piece of wood I cut from the middle of the footboard.  It is almost three feet across.  I think I will make a sign to hang on the wall.  Maybe I will paint "Antiques" across it.  So many options.

26 comments:

  1. Wow, Arlene, that is SO cute!! I love it already too & you're not even done with it. Can't wait to see more & where you put it. So cute!

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  2. Oh, my word! What a great project!!! :) I'm going to have to link to it either this Friday or next. Good job! :) I'm visiting from Rhoda's party-hope you'll stop by my blog too. :)

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  3. That is very cool! You did a wonderful job with it!

    Nancy

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  4. Looks great! I love the detail on the headboard/bench back.

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  5. What a great way to make a bench - very nice.

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  6. I want to make one of these too! too cute!

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  7. Amazing bench. I love it, you did a great job.

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  8. WOW! I am TOTALLY stunned. How wonderful is that bench? Be proud of yourself my dear. You have at least this reader in total awe! xx

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  9. Oh I think you did a fabulous job! It's beautiful and such a wonderful idea!! LOVE it!

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  10. I want one!!!! It's looking fabulous!!

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  11. I love these benches made from head and foot boards! Your creation was such a bargain! Some poufy little seat and side cushions will be the crowning touches to your sweet, thrifty treasure.
    :-) Sue

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  12. Love your bench...can't wait to see what color you end up painting it. And I agree with the comment above, an overstuffed cushion would look darling on it! Nice Work!

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  13. I love it ! Always wanted to do this, it turned out great !

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  14. It looks great! I have an old, old twin bed head and foot board that I've been wanting to do the same thing to. I love the sign idea!
    ☺ Celeste

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  15. It's beautiful! you did a great job!
    gail

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  16. Beautiful execution! And that reversible cushion you made?!? What a cool idea! This project sure is a pretty one!

    Thanks for linking up to SNS!
    FJ Donna

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  17. I love your bench, what a good job you did! And the pillow is so cute too.

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  18. Love it! I have been wanting to make one for myself for some time. I am saving this post for instpiration. Wishing you a blessed Mother's Day...sherry

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  19. wow that looks awesome! great job! I'd love for you to link up http://iheartnaptime.blogspot.com/2010/05/sundae-scoop-favs-link-party-and.html

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  20. I LOVE this idea! It turned out beautiful!

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  21. I love the bench and I can't wait to see how the sign turns out (if that's what you end up doing with it.) You are very talented and repurposing furniture!

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  22. Your bench turned out fantastic! I love the clean, simple lines of it...and that pillow is just perfect!

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